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Lehigh Valley Vanguard-Open-access Journal-Call for Papers

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 1:54pm
Lehigh Valley Vanguard

Call for papers
Lehigh Valley Vanguard ( is seeking critical prose on a variety of pressing cultural concerns. This list is a loose outline of topics which fit with our milieu:
-Non-partisan political engagement
-Engaged, critical, or anarchist pedagogies
-Politics of what we eat (including pro-vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, localizing food trade)
-Marxist, neo-marxist, anti-capitalist perspectives
-Examinations of generational concerns such as (not limited to): student loan debt, climate change
-Feminist dialogues
-Identity politics and/or postcolonial studies

Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos, 27-29 August 2015

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 1:44pm
Lilya Kaganovsky, Scott MacKenzie, Anna Westerstahl Stenport

Arctic Cinemas and the Documentary Ethos seeks to counteract pervasive mythologies of the Arctic as a blank space or desolate end of the world. Instead, the conference seeks to engage with how past, present, and future power dynamics shape this circumpolar region, its indigenous populations, and relationship to the rest of the world through documentary filmmaking. The conference and proposed edited volume examines the Arctic as a profoundly transnational and heterogeneous space through the rubric of Arctic documentary (including film, video, television, digital media, and installation art).

CFP: Children in Popular Culture

Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 12:47pm
Red Feather Journal

CFP: The Child in Popular Culture

Red Feather Journal (, an online, peer-reviewed, international and interdisciplinary journal, has expanded its scope to include the child in all aspects of popular culture.
Red Feather Journal seeks well-written, critical articles for the Spring 2015 issue (deadline April 25, 2015) on any aspect of the child in popular culture. Some suggested topics include: children in film, television, the Internet; children in popular literature or art; the child in gaming, cosplay or cons; children dan social media; childhood geography or material culture; or any other aspect of the child in popular culture.

Antae Call for Papers on BOREDOM (deadline 30th June 2015)

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:56am
Antae Journal (University of Malta)

Call for Papers

'There's little left but to be bored or bore.'
Lord Byron, Don Juan, Canto XIV

'Mieux vaut un désastre qu'un désêtre.'
Alain Badiou, Conditions

'Despair yawns.'
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

'There seemed nothing to do but live.'
J. M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K

[UPDATE] ASLE Panel at MMLA 2015 - Proposals by 4/15

Friday, April 3, 2015 - 10:33am
Midwest Modern Language Association / Associaton for the Study of Literature and the Environment

Just over a decade ago, Dana Phillips (in)famously attacked ecocritics for uncritically borrowing terms and ideas from the discipline of ecology, which, he argued, is itself a "less than fully coherent field with a very checked past and fairly uncertain future." While controversial, Phillips's critique sparked important discussions about ecocriticism's methodology, especially its claim to interdisciplinarity. So-called "second wave" ecocritics reexamined the field's founding assumptions; a period of self-assessment propelled ecocriticism toward a more rigorous engagement with the sciences as well as the humanities.

Edited Collection: Modernism in the Green (Abstract Deadline: May 15)

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:48pm
Julia Daniel and Margaret Konkol / Baylor University and New College of Florida

For all its many urban topographies, the literary landscape of modernism contains a startling array of greens. From William Carlos Williams's representations of Garret Mountain Park, to Peter's reflections on Mrs. Dalloway in Regents Park or Wallace Stevens' frequent use of Elizabeth Park throughout his oeuvre, planned green spaces play an overlooked role in the development of modernism. We propose that thinking with and through public greens leads to a fresh and often more complex understanding of modernism's tangled engagements with arts, politics, material culture, bodies, and the nature-culture divide.

[UPDATE] DEADLINE EXTENDED: APRIL 5: MMLA 2015: Animals in Literature and Film

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 2:40pm
Julia Dauer, MIdwest Modern Language Association

This year's MMLA Animals in Literature and Film panel invites papers engaging this year's conference theme "Arts and Sciences," and especially the connection between the history of science and animals.

Papers might consider eighteenth- or nineteenth-century natural history writing and/or collection practices; contemporary or historical discourse around animal experimentation; conceptual issues of animacy, animality, and/or "life"; taxidermy; issues of animality or personhood in contemporary science, medicine, literature, or film; issues of extinction and/or species revival; or figures of "monstrous animals" produced by science, from Frankenstein to Godzilla to the dinosaurs reanimated to populate Jurassic Park.

The Practice of (in)Visibility: 4th International Critical Studies Research Group Conference, 25th and 26th June 2015

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 11:09am
Critical Studies Research Group, University of Brighton, UK

When politics, arts, history, ethics or philosophy are judged by their ability to disrupt what is visible and sayable, is there a danger that the potential political efficacy in remaining hidden is ignored and the possibility of intervention/action for the already unseen is inhibited? How do artistic practices reflect and engage in strategic invisibility? What are the artistic and political intersections of acting invisible? What kinds of visibility are afforded to whom? How can research approach invisibility without eliminating the invisibility it purports to study? Can there be a methodology of working around (in)visibility and if so what claims can it make to validity?